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Beyond Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Other Moles, Double Agents and Traitors

Posted November 29, 2011 to photo album "Beyond Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Other Moles, Double Agents and Traitors"

In TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDER, SPY, no one is what they appear, especially with a suspected Soviet mole at the very center of the Circus. But turncoats, traitors, moles, double agents, and sleeper cells are nothing new in the world of espionage.

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Baronet Double Agents Samuel Morland & Richard Willis
Benedict Arnold, American Traitor
Mata Hari: A Woman of Mystery Unveiled
Eddie Chapman (aka ZigZag), the Perfect Spy
Mathilde Carré, the Femme Fatale
Kim Philby and the Cambridge Spies
The Mole Hunter: James Jesus Angleton
Oleg Penkovsky: Western Hero or Soviet Spy?
Aldrich Ames: Turned by Love and Money
Robert Hanssen: A Traitor for the Children
Double Agents in a Holy War
Anna Chapman: The Cold War Gets Sultry
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: Search for the Mole

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: Search for the Mole

Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of John le Carré’s spy classic TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY continues a fascination in popular culture with double agents. In the novel and film, which are set in the 70s, Control (John Hurt), the head of the intelligence organization known as the Circus, contacts George Smiley (Gary Oldman), who has recently been pushed out by internal politics, to initiate a covert investigation into the existence of a Soviet mole at the very top of the Circus. In the world of espionage, deception is second nature, and no one, not even the most trusted agent, may be exactly who they seem to be. Indeed, many fans of TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY have looked back at history to find actual antecedents for le Carré’s dramatic duplicity. While le Carré refuses to give up his sources, there are, as the following slideshow demonstrates, a remarkable rogues gallery of traitors, double agents and moles in recent history.